Dr. Jeffrey J. Clarke
Director of the Center of Military History
Dr. Jeffrey J. Clarke received his MA and PhD in history from Duke University. Dr. Clarke served as a combat historian in Vietnam, and has been a research and writing historian at the U.S. Army's Center of Military History (CMH) since 1971. There, he has authored several official histories as well as numerous articles on military history in the 20th century. His major publications include Riviera to the Rhine, the history of the U.S. Seventh Army and 6th Army Group during World War II, and The Final Years, the story of the U.S. advisory effort in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973.
Dr. Clarke has also taught history at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland for over twenty-five years, and served in the Army Reserve for about the same period, retiring in 1991 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Since 2006 he has served as the Director of CMH and the Chief of Military History.
On Wednesday 14 July 2010 in a ceremony at the Center of Military History, Fort McNair, DC, Dr. Jeffrey Clarke received official recognition for his 41 years of service to the Army. At the ceremony, the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, Ms. Joyce Morrow, presented Dr. Clarke with the Exceptional Civilian Service Award (the highest Department of the Army civilian award) for his outstanding leadership and administration of the Army historical program. Ms. Morrow also presented Dr. Clarke with a certificate of appreciation from the Office of the Administrative Assistant (OAA), a lapel pin recognizing his 40 years of federal civil service, and his certificate of retirement.
Following the official ceremony’s conclusion the party adjourned to the Channel Inn for a luncheon and farewell ceremony from his colleagues at the CMH and Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps historical programs.
Dr. Richard Stewart, the Center's Chief Historian, presided over the ceremonies and presented several going-away gifts from the Center, including an oversized copy of the famous inverted Jenny Air Mail stamp (Dr. Clarke is an avid stamp collector). Center photographers cleverly inserted a picture of Dr. Clarke in the plane’s cockpit as a way of personalizing the gift. He also received a caricature of himself with his dog, Boogie, relaxing on the beach in New Jersey in a classic post-retirement pose, a personalized “Lineage and Honors” Certificate for himself as if he were an Army unit, and a framed set of famous Naval personalities stamps presented by the Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, RAdm (Ret.) Jay DeLoach. A gift from the Marine Corps was later delivered to the Center - a unique, and possibly drinkable, bottle of “Jarhead Red” wine and two USMC glasses.
Exceptional Civilian Service Award